Y'all know what it is
The streets named me Illmatic but yet I'm still at
Referencing his debut and classic album “Illmatic”, Nas is saying even though he’s revered as one of the top MCs in the game he’s still going hard at it, which also happen to be a reference to another LP of his, “Stillmatic”.
Not only a refence to the title but he as his name also. Illmatic = A word used to describe something sicker then ill. The streets gave him that, meaning everybody thought he was iller then ill!
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